Kentucky is Investing More into State Park System (2/4/2019)

Story by Woodall's Campground Management

Gov. Matt Bevin joined Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and Kentucky State Parks officials at General Butler State Park to announce the kickoff of phase II of the Commonwealth's “Refreshing the Finest” initiative, according to WMKY.

Launched in 2016, “Refreshing the Finest” has already invested $18 million in maintenance and operational improvements to the Kentucky State Parks system. The 2018 General Assembly allocated an additional $20 million to replace park lodge roofs, upgrade campgrounds, repair wastewater treatment plants, fix swimming pools and make other much-needed facility repairs.

“We are excited today to announce the second phase of our ambitious ‘Refreshing the Finest’ initiative,” said Bevin. “Kentucky’s state parks are a true gem, and we are dusting them off so that they will once again sparkle and shine. This additional $20 million investment will facilitate upgrades to provide park patrons with first-class opportunities to experience the Commonwealth’s unparalleled natural beauty and history.”

As a result of the initial $18 million “Refreshing the Finest” investment, some 133 projects are nearly complete. The improvements have helped to significantly increase business among Kentucky's state parks, yielding a $7.6 million revenue boost in 2018 compared to 2016.

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